"When it's a hamburger made in Hamburg!"
The history of the hamburger (that common meat patty between two halves of a bun) is so difficult to establish. Just googling it will show you how contentious the argument is.
Does this popular American food really comes from Germany or not? The recorded history of goes back to Genghis Khan in the 12 century. Traditionalist will say that the original meat patty was first introduced at the end of the 19th century by a snack seller in Ohio who ran out of sausages to put in the bun.
It really doesn't matter to the Hamburgers (people from Hamburg), because their main cuisine is seafood. After all, the city is situated on Elbe River, which runs into the North Sea. It's is connected to the Baltic Sea by canal, has a lake in its center, and has more canals than Venice with over 2,000 bridges.
As well, it is an international harbor which has brought spices and foreign foods to this part of Germany for hundreds of years. This has greatly influenced the traditional foods available.
This is the recipe I grew up with. My Mutti made this frequently for lunch and I carry on that tradition. I usually use leftover potatoes, but starting with raw ones works as well! You'll find the recipe for this dish as well as several variations right here.
Try some regional German food for your next dinner party! Spread your culture and enjoy learning about some other areas of German cooking.
Germany is divided into more than 50 regions usually based on landscape and geography. Politically, there are 16 federal states in Germany, each one unique in its history and cuisine.
Let's travel to each one and see what's different.
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Starting January, 2016, I'll be adding a German state every month. After that, we'll start on the regions!
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